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Zimmerman to retire in 2021

The Monticello school district will also be looking for a new superintendent, but not until 2021.


MHS principal hired as Williamsville Superintendent

Longtime Monticello High School Principal Tip Reedy has been hired as the superintendent for the Williamsville Community Unit School District #15. The school board for the 1,600-student school district that encompasses the communities of Williamsville and Sherman unanimously approved the hire Tuesday. His three-year contract begins July 1.


New math offering approved for Cerro Gordo High School

Cerro Gordo High School students will have another math class option beginning this fall. The school board on Feb. 15 approved the addition of occupational mathematics, which will reinforce general mathematics skills and is aimed at students who opt to proceed more directly into the workforce.


Forum to address ACA repeal

The Piatt County Democrats are hosting a community forum to address the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (The ACA, or “Obamacare”). The event will include an informational talk by Claudia Lennhoff followed by a dessert buffet and social hour and will take place at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 5 at the White Heath Community Building, 104 S. Orange, White Heath.


No backdoor referendum for school bond sale

Monticello school district voters did not turn in any petitions regarding the school board’s effort to sell $600,000 in working cash bonds. That means the borrowing, approved by the board on Jan. 17, will now proceed.


Sawlaw to retire from Rantoul police

As a police officer, David Sawlaw has always enjoyed the camaraderie — from his 18 1/2 years with his canine partners to fellowship of the department as a whole.

That’s one thing Sawlaw knows he’s going to miss following his retirement as a Rantoul patrolman.


'Rumors' opens at Phoenix Theatre Feb. 25

As The Monticello Theatre Association (MTA) cast and crew rehearse for the adult comedy “Rumors,” which opens Feb. 25, the MTA Board of Directors is working to increase ticket sales and support in the community. During the February Board of Directors Meeting, the Board voted to include one complimentary beverage during intermission.


Water update getting closer for DeLand

With project specifications nearly ready for Illinois EPA consideration, the Village of DeLand could go to bid this spring on its new, $2.27 million water system.


Cerro Gordo applies for state building bonds

Cerro Gordo School Superintendent Brett Robinson is confident the school district will qualify for no- or low-interest Qualified Zone Academy Bonds.


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